Research has shown that there are identifiable inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and looked after children (LAC) in relation to their peers within their academic and personal development. Nationally, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. To help address these inequalities the Government provide Pupil Premium funding, which is additional funding, to schools so that it can be used to support those disadvantaged and most vulnerable pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM, and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
To ensure that pupil premium has the desired impact upon pupil’s attainment and personal development we review, on a regular basis, best practice and guidance in order to help us identify the best and the most effective strategies available for our pupils.
This year we are continuing to support students academically through long term in class support. This will be achieved by providing additional teaching staff in some lessons and will allow a teacher to support a small number of students over a long time period. We will continue to spend a significant proportion of the funding on tracking student progress using a variety of data sources. Each year group has a dedicated Academic Leader who provides regular feedback to students on their progress and identifies areas where improvement is still needed. Students who are not making sufficient progress may receive additional pastoral or academic support such as counselling, mentoring, in class support or bespoke workshops. Smaller amounts will be spent on resources for students, music tuition and school trips.